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Fall arts programs have started [UPDATED]

Published 10:21am Thursday, September 26, 2013 Updated 12:24pm Thursday, September 26, 2013

I saw an incredible site Tuesday morning: literally thousands of birds migrating south.

I haven’t seen that many birds in the sky at once since I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” The mass migration reminded me that fall is definitely here.

Fall has arrived at A Center for the Arts, too. Last week was the start of our fall children’s choirs, preschool music classes, and the first show in our “2013-14 Center Series: Normal is Never Amazing!”

Tonight is the first of four On-Stage Concerts for this season, which offer an intimate chamber music experience with a limited number of seats set-up on our stage with the artist. The performer for this first concert is Russian pianist Mila Belakova.

She received her degree in music from one of the oldest music colleges in the country, where she was trained in the best traditions of the Russian performance school, her teacher being the student of one of Tchaikovsky’s students.

I love Tchaikovsky. I also love the audio piece that Mila sent to AC4TA as a preview. I am really impressed by Mila, and I can’t wait to see her play.

October will also be an amazing month at A Center for the Arts. The second show of our Center Series features Canadian group Dala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Dala was nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of our Grammy award) and won the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.

You may not have heard of them, but trust me, they are well-known on the Canadian, American and International music circuit. Check them out at

Even though this is part of the Center Series, individual tickets to this concert are also available (along with tickets for each of the individual Center Series shows).

The following Thursday, Oct. 17, is the second show of our On-Stage Concerts where the audience is seated right on stage with 12-string guitarist Neil Jacobs.

I had a 12-string guitar when I was in my teens, so I’m really looking forward to watching Neil play “up close and personal.”

If you’ve been looking for tickets for our annual big fundraiser, Talk of the Town, we are doing a “toned-down” version this year called FAME (Fundraiser & Annual Meeting Event) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at M State’s Legacy Hall.

We have cut the ticket price in half to $50 per person, hoping that more people will be able to attend.

It’s going to be a really fun event, and one of the auction items is a week’s stay at a private villa in Italy!

For more information and tickets on upcoming events, visit our Web site at or stop by the Fergus Theatre box office downtown Fergus Falls at 124 W. Lincoln Ave, Tuesdays through Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (note that we are closing a half an hour earlier as of Sept. 15). You can also call us at 218-998-ARTS (2787).


Jane Geisinger is the marketing and promotions coordinator at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.

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